Tuesday, October 31, 2006

John Kerry's Balls Have Emerged!

A funny thing happened today, John Kerry's balls dropped again. I am not trying to belittle his years of service prior to this by saying he was without a sack - I just wished he showed this much passion going after Bush in 2004.

So the story is Democratic U.S. Sen. John Kerry drew election-year fire from President Bush and other Republicans on Tuesday for saying college students could "get stuck in Iraq" if they do not study hard.

Some people thought that he was disrespecting the troops - I dont think so, he's essentially right. Anyway there was supposed to be more said according to the official speech copy that he left out, which was, "Just ask President Bush." Intending this to be a slam on Bush - now it ends up being a "botched joke".

At any rate the Right Wing Media and the GOP are jumping all over Kerry and trying to tear him a new one. Well this isnt your daddy's John Kerry ... he LET LOOSE on the ones talking smack about him, check it out:

"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq . It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they're afraid to debate real men. And this time it won't work because we're going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq ."

Truly some awesome stuff. I'm glad him and the other Democrats are willing to start nutting up to Bush and the GOP. So congrats, Kerry, on your twins bungie-jumping back down into your Fruit of the Looms.

Funny Cat Pictures

Monday, October 30, 2006

New Rules - America Must Stop Bragging... Oct 27 2006

Bill Maher hits the nail on the head with this one.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Remember America because it's changing!

Check out the 12 Warning Signs of Fascism and decide for yourself if you agree about how many we match.

Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

"In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions.

Public Law 109-364, or the 'John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007' (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed by the commander in chief on October 17th, 2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to declare a 'public emergency' and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to 'suppress public disorder.'

President Bush seized this unprecedented power on the very same day that he signed the equally odious Military Commissions Act of 2006. In a sense, the two laws complement one another. One allows for torture and detention abroad, while the other seeks to enforce acquiescence at home, preparing to order the military onto the streets of America. Remember, the term for putting an area under military law enforcement control is precise; the term is 'martial law.'"

Read More: Toward Freedom - Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

The Land of the Free just got a LOT more scary.

I've been around the world ...

Here is a list of some of the cities and countries where people live who have recently visited my blog. I love looking at these kinds of stats:

Brooklyn, New York - United States
Burnaby, British Columbia - Canada
Columbia, Illinois - United States
Hampden Sydney, Virginia - United States
Hulshout, Antwerpen - Belgium
Lilburn, Georgia - United States
Lima, Ohio - United States
Livonia, Michigan - United States
London, Lambeth - United Kingdom
Mooseheart, Illinois - United States
Olching, Bayern - Germany
Ottawa Lake, Michigan - United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - United States
Praha, Hlavni Mesto Praha - Czech Republic
Richmond, British Columbia - Canada
Rockaway, New Jersey - United States
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland - Netherlands
Sana, Hadramawt - Yemen
Wapakoneta, Ohio - United States
Washington, District of Columbia - United States
Waterbury, Connecticut - United States
Winston Salem, North Carolina - United States

It's also nice to know that I get so many pass-thru hits from the Tina Fey Scar Blog still. :)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Vice President’s radio interview championed torture


WASHINGTON - The White House said Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney was not talking about a torture technique known as "water boarding" when he said dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a "no-brainer."

Human rights groups said Cheney's comments amounted to an endorsement of water boarding, in which the victim believes he is about to drown.

"You know as a matter of common sense that the vice president of the United States is not going to be talking about water boarding. Never would, never does, never will," presidential spokesman Tony Snow said. "You think Dick Cheney's going to slip up on something like this? No, come on."

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The intent in his quote seems pretty damn clear to me. Dont think it's torture - Read the Wiki article on it and decide for yourself.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

DeWine's Going Down! YAY!

Survey: Democrats taking Ohio Senate race: "CLEVELAND -- A SurveyUSA poll for Channel 3 News shows Democrat challenger Sherrod Brown winning over ncumbent Republican Mike DeWine.
Brown unseats DeWine 57% to 37% according to Ohio voters likely to vote, interviewed October 23 through October 25.

Brown led by 14 in an identical SurveyUSA tracking poll on 10/12/06. Today, Brown leads by 20. "

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Stay the Course?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Halloween Party 2006

My mom thru another great Halloween Party. Check out the pics from it. And yes I did all the pumpkin carving and have the cuts and cramps to proove it. We did a total of 6 pumpkins that night. 3 of them were from patterns that my sister helped with, Mom did one free form that turned out great (that one and one of the patterned ones went to my sister's house). The "Grim Reaper" one I did free form from an image I found via the peeling and thinning method with two eye holes all the way thru. Then the other "Old Man" was my first attempt at a 3D carving of a pumpkin. I think it turned out well. I cant wait to do some more next year like this. The detail is fantastic with this method.


Sunday, October 22, 2006

3D Deutz engine animation

Ever wonder how a car engine works? Wonder no more.
Daily Show: Rumsfeld Caught In WMD Lies

Legacy of Lies

Thursday, October 19, 2006

  • Norman Larsen, president and head chemist at the Rocket Chemical Company, developed a water displacement formula on his fortieth try, naming it WD-40.

  • The aerospace industry needed a product to eliminate moisture from electrical circuitry and to prevent corrosion on airplanes and Atlas Missile nose-cones. The newly developed WD-40 worked so well, engineers working at the Rocket Chemical Company began sneaking it out of the plant for home use on squeaky doors and stuck locks.

  • WD-40 became available to the public in 1958, and in 1961, a sweet fragrance was added to overcome the smell of the petroleum distillates. In 1969, the Rocket Chemical Company was renamed the WD-40 Company, after its only product. The WD-40 Company makes the 'secret sauce,' then sends it to packagers who add the solvent and propellant.

  • In 1964, John Glenn circled the earth in Friendship VII, which was covered with WD-40 from top to bottom.

  • The WD-40 Company went public on the NASDAQ exchange in 1973. The initial 300,000 shares, available at $16.50, closed that same day at $26.50.

  • WD-40 makes over a million gallons of the 'secret sauce' every year.

  • WD-40 can be found in four out of five American homes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Olbermann on the Murder of Habeus Corpus

Yeah! Leif Ericson Day. Oh and fuck Bush - I dont want your protection at your cost.

Gaming Edge: Sony clarifies some PS3 controller talk

Gaming Edge: Sony clarifies some PS3 controller talk: "There was an update today, based on Japanese tech site Broadband Watch.

According to the report, the controller will have to be paired to the console via the USB cable before play. This pairing process will be required each time the console has been shut down and turned back on, or - given the rough translation - possibly every time the controller has lost power.

It's unlikely that putting the console into standby mode will cause a reconnection requirement, if it's console-related. It's also unlikely that many of those lucky (?) enough to get a launch PS3 are going to want to leave it on, even powered-down, 24/7.

Those wondering about battery life will be happy to note the controller is expected to get about 30 hours of playtime out of one 2.5 hour charge. As the battery isn't replaceable, when it's no longer recharging the controller needs to be replaced or sent for repairs.

Does either option seem especially appealing?"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

David Blaine Street Magic: YouTube Edition!

Haha this is a great parody of David Blaine's street magic stuff. This is so funny.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

My Way News - Teen Questioned for Online Bush Threats

My Way News - Teen Questioned for Online Bush Threats: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Upset by the war in Iraq, Julia Wilson vented her frustrations with President Bush last spring on her Web page on MySpace.com. She posted a picture of the president, scrawled 'Kill Bush' across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. She later replaced her page on the social-networking site after learning in her eighth-grade history class that such threats are a federal offense.

It was too late.

Federal authorities had found the page and placed Wilson on their checklist. They finally reached her this week in her molecular biology class.

The 14-year-old freshman was taken out of class Wednesday and questioned for about 15 minutes by two Secret Service agents. The incident has upset her parents, who said the agents should have included them when they questioned their daughter."

Friday, October 13, 2006

Jobless man asks judge for jail time - CNN.com

Jobless man asks judge for jail time - CNN.com: "COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who couldn't find steady work came up with a plan to make it through the next few years until he could collect Social Security: He robbed a bank, then handed the money to a guard and waited for police.

On Wednesday, Timothy J. Bowers told a judge a three-year prison sentence would suit him, and the judge obliged.

'At my age, the jobs available to me are minimum-wage jobs. There is age discrimination out there,' Bowers, who turns 63 in a few weeks, told Judge Angela White."

Saturday, October 07, 2006

NEWSWEEK Poll: GOP in Meltdown

For the first time since 2001, the NEWSWEEK poll shows that more Americans trust the Democrats than the GOP on moral values and the war on terror. Fully 53 percent of Americans want the Democrats to win control of Congress next month, including 10 percent of Republicans, compared to just 35 percent who want the GOP to retain power. If the election were held today, 51 percent of likely voters would vote for the Democrat in their district versus 39 percent who would vote for the Republican. And while the race is closer among male voters (46 percent for the Democrats vs. 42 percent for the Republicans), the Democrats lead among women voters 56 to 34 percent.

NEWSWEEK Poll: GOP in Meltdown - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com

Democrat Phone Bank

Today I am helping out the local Democrats in the office by getting the word out to get out and vote. If anyone local is interested in helping today or whenever let me know.

Apart from that, choose to do something. For Democrats (or even the Republicans - I guess) to go out and add your voice to the nation. The ability to create change can come down to one simple vote.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Gripes about the PS3 in list form

My problems with the PLAYSTATION3 and SONY in general regarding the PS3.

I figured I'd do this in list form for easy reading and because I am conversationally anal retentive.

  1. Cell Processor
    • Unproven technology for this size rollout
    • 8 Cores, but the manufacturing process can only guarantee that 6 will work
    • Out of the 6, at least 3 are needed for major AI processing, leaving three left to do all the other work (1 for physics, 1 for paint, 1 for general processes)
    • Some prominent developers already commenting on the Cell's inability to thread for AI very well and prefer the 360's method and call it better.
  2. Blu-Ray DVD
    • Unproven technology for this size rollout
    • Expensive production (too early)
    • Data read times not well documented
    • Death-bit technology (a bit could be added to the game or movie rendering it unplayable except on ONLY your PS3 or not at all)
    • This total size increase is not really needed from current-gen DVD and may lead to sloppy data placement
    • Discs cost a great deal to manufacture and that cost gets passed on
    • No common device possibilities (extra content for PC or soundtrack not possible)
  3. Internal Power Supply
    • Internal power supply has already required a re-design of the unit's case
    • Unnecessary heat build-up
  4. 2 Flavors
    • All but the most astute will realize what they are truley missing out on with the cheaper version
    • Sony's notorious for re-releasing their consoles a bit redesigned to bank more dollars from early disgruntled adopters
  5. Current Game Line Up
    • Some PS2 only franchise games are not being produced for the PS3 due to the extremely complex development process
    • Lack of actual game footage from launch titles
    • Hype being built only by game trailers or rendered movies and are a FAR cry from what the game play looks like
    • Sony's hype machine said the PS3 would be leaps and bounds above the 360 and current game play looks the same or worse than comparable 360 titles
  6. SIX AXIS
    • The name "Six Axis" is horrible for a controller.
    • Sony wont be honest about the lack of Rumble, claiming it would be too costly to make tech to isolate the rumble from the motion sensors, but they don't mind charging $700 for their "premium" console.
    • Current footage of actual use shows the controller's motion sensing to be a poor mechanic for games and gives no good feel for error other than visual queues from the game
    • No real improvements over button position or sensitivity from previous Dual Shock controllers
    • Blue Tooth wireless option is a MAJOR battery hog and will significantly reduce the play-time on wireless
  7. All sorts of Ports
    • There are all sorts of memory card and USB ports on the thing, but you still have to buy a separate adapter to copy game saves off your PS2 game cards\
    • Sony MemoryStick's suck and cost too much and arent standardized enough - another example of Sony snubbing current tech and making up their own formats to force you to be stuck with their equipment
  8. Programming for and with
    • Sony's pushing for the PS3 to be classified as a personal computer (much like they tried with the PS2) to defray extra shipping and import costs in Europe and other markets
    • In that vain Sony again will attempt to tout the PS3 as a base for Linux developers - you know of any that really tried stuff with the PS2? If it was so nice, then why is there a HUGE Linux-based hacking community for the XBOX?

Okay I am ending my list here as I cant think of anymore right now.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Olbermann's special commentary on Clinton vs Fox

Keith Olbermann is simply awesome and has a HUGE set of balls.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Government Auctions

Anyone want to buy a pair of Men's Pajama Bottoms from the US Government?

Today's PS3 Weak Ass Excuse.

Kaz Hirai states that the decision to remove the rumble function from the PS3 controller would save gamers money, by reducing the cost of the controller.

“The issue is trying to isolate the vibration feature from the motion sensors,” he said. “Is it technically feasible? Absolutely. But the balancing act that you need to do, is to be able to present the controller to the consumer at an affordable price. We have one controller in the box, but many consumers will want to go out and get an extra controller. To isolate the vibration from the sensing, if that means that the controllers are going to be so expensive, then we’re doing the consumer a huge disservice.”

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So they tout the console as being so superior than it's an honor for you to spend so much money on it, but yet this technology would raise the cost of a controller so much it would be too much. Here's an idea, make one with and one without and sell them both and let the consumers decide. No they wont do that because that's not what they are talking about here. If they concede to use rumble in this new version they will owe even MORE money to the people that own the patent on rumble technology and Sony has been ripping them off for years and havent paid them a dime. But then again with their stock slipping and needing to save some money to pay off the huge loan they had to take out to even produce this thing, they dont have a lot of money to throw around.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Getting screwed by the bookstore

Well I wondered how long it would take until I got screwed out of some money from college. Not only am I footing this quarters full bill myself (before the payback system from work kicks in), now I get stuck paying for a book that I dont need.

Last Wednesday I went and bought an Algebra book for an upcoming half-quarter class and it cost $125. It's about as thick as 3 magazines and roughly their same dimensions - $125!

I left it in it's shrink wrap and kept the receipt, just in case as it is not returnable at all without that. So I did some searching online that night and found it at a used book store for sale for $7 (+$3 shipping). So I bought that and went to return the other one and wham-o, I cant return it.

The bookstore manager informed me that the program he teaches from relies on each student purchasing the book and thus off-setting the cost of the course materials and that she couldnt return it unless I drop the class (and provide a drop slip) or I can get written acknowledgement from the teacher that I no longer need the book. Meanwhile they have at least 60+ copies on the shelf of this damn thing. *sigh*

At least I got a 98 on my first test for Art History. So that makes me super happy. I would have gotten a perfect score but I couldnt remember who painted The Raft of the Medusa and put down Delacroix instead of Gericault - that was pretty dumb of me and I lost 2 points for it.